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The Great Confucius

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The Great Confucius

From May 10, 2019
Location: Confucius Museum, Qufu city, Shandong province

Confucius (551-479 BC), or Kongzi, was a Chinese philosopher and political theorist whose thoughts still influence people today.

This exhibition takes Confucius's life, contributions and impact on future generations as its main narrative thread, following the latest archaeological and academic findings, and employing storytelling techniques to demonstrate the relevance of cultural relics.

A grand statue of Confucius is seen in the lobby. [Photo provided to]

Through a combination of exhibits and different themes, the exhibition is divided into six parts: The Era of Confucius, The Life of Confucius, The Sagely Wisdom of Confucius, Confucius and Chinese Civilization, Confucius and Global Civilization, and Tradition of the Kong Family.

It presents Confucius’s life, wisdom and profound influence through a wealth of exhibits, ranging from cultural relics unearthed in the old city of the State of Lu, portraits of Confucius, and the Illustrated Biography of Confucius, to ancient books and a sacrificial altarpiece from the Temple of Confucius.

Costumes from Ming(1368-1644) and Qing(1644-1911) dynasties, private administrative archives, and works of descendants show the millennia-long historical heritage of the Kong Family.

To help further engage the public, the exhibition includes interactive experiences and perception via art and technology. It forms a narrative approach that integrates large-scale multimedia and space, forming a clear narrative logic from "admiration", "cognition", "conversation", "enlightenment" and "tribute" to Confucius, and leaving a deep impression on visitors.

In terms of space design, the exhibition introduces theatrical methods to convey abstract thoughts through visual and stereoscopic scenes. In addition, the exhibition adopts an online-plus-offline model, with an online virtual tour which has gained massive popularity.

Visitors appreciate relics and artworks. [Photo provided to]
Altarpiece of an incense burner, a pair of candle sticks and a pair of vases for making offerings at the Confucius Temple. They were bestowed by Emperor Yongzheng of the Qing Dynasty in 1732. [Photo provided to]



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